Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Friday, February 13, 2009
I have been tagged by my precious friend, Claire! We met years ago at Camp Winnataska and reconnected in Summer 2007. She and I are constantly amazed at how much our lives have in common, but are also different enough to keep it interesting and learn from each other. She and her husband, Brian, are amazing. They are both so kind. I've been called one of Brian's "biggest fans" after saying, "Brian Jackson is a CATCH! You get him, you hold on tight and don't let go!" b/c Brian's sisters were teasing Claire at her bachelorette party that there was still time to get out... I was having none of that silly nonsense.
Step 1: respond and rework—answer the questions on your own blog, replace one question that you dislike with a question of your own invention, add one more question of your own.
Step 2: tag—eight other untagged people... might not be 8...
Make a list of things you can see without getting up: I'm sitting in the study... there are khaki walls, a picture of me with my twin sisters in Paris in Summer 2001... pictures of Josh and me from various stages in our dating life-including those from the day he proposed... a framed bible verse Josh's mama gave us (Jer 29:11-13-it's Josh and my special verse).... Gracie, the Grays' tiny puppy running around on the floor trying to eat Josh's houseshoe that is bigger than she is! haha.... (we're puppysitting for them)... the daybed... you get the picture. :)
Favorite football team: Vanderbilt Commodores baby! My alma mater. I also like Texas and LSU through marriage.... don't hate.
What is your favorite thing to wear? .... well, basically anything SUPER comfy and/or jersey knit....
What color is your bedroom? um.... kinda coffee colored maybe?
What’s the last thing you read/are currently reading? I kinda have a few books going right now... The Power of a Praying Wife.... The Shack... anything for school... Falling in Love with Jesus...
Do you nap a lot? I LOOOOVE to nap!
Who was the last person you hugged? Well, she's not a person, but I hugged on Miley when we got back from dinner :)
What’s your current obsession/addiction? Law and Order, Law and Order: SVU, and Law and Order: Criminal Intent.
What was the last thing you said aloud? "No" to Gracie trying to eat Josh's houseshoe...
What Web sites do you always visit when you go online? gmail, facebook, regions, blogs...
What was the last thing you bought? a new sweater (cannot find it on website anymore) and light jacket (in light grey) at Anthropologie tonight with some Christmas money! YAY! I'd been eyeing the sweater for a while, and was so glad that it was on sale!
What are you listening to right now? Miley barking at Josh in the other room as they rough house lol...
What is something you wish you could do more? Travel!
What gives you hope? God's faithfulness.
What is your favorite weather, and why? Spring! There is just this feeling in the air... the warmth of the sun on my skin... the flowers blooming... ahhh I'm so pumped that Spring is on the way!
What time do you usually get up? umm…depends on what time I have class, and whether Josh is around to take Miley out early AM. :o)
What is your most challenging goal right now? motivating myself to lose weight and exercise. I want it so much...
Say something to the person who tagged you: Claire, you are so precious to me. I cherish our chats, lunches, double-dates, phone convos, and puppy play dates. I adore your childlike naivete. I also admire your makeup application abilities. Maybe you can teach me sometime :) Thank you for coming back into my life!
If you could have a house–totally paid for, fully furnished–anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be? I'm torn... I do adore beachy towns, but Josh and I also love Colorado.... and those Greek islands are amazing...
Favorite vacation spot? That is quite a hard question for me! I'd just glad to be ON a vacation in the first place lol.... I do love a good cruise! Anywhere with Joshy G though.
Name one thing you just can’t resist no matter how bad it is for you: chips and queso- hands down. (particularly from Cocina Superior and SATCO)
What is your favorite gift you've received? Cheesy as it might be.... I claim my fave (late) Christmas present was my set of twin sisters born Dec. 26, 1986.
Have you ever met anyone famous? If so who? Hmmm... Joe Diffie... Allison Krauss... Trace Adkins... I can't remember the others... all very brief encounters.
If you could have any job in the world , what would it be? It'd be fun to be a host of a travel show maybe.
Who is your hero? My parents. They have always raised us in a chrisitan household, encouraged us, loved us unconditionally, and have been very generous with us. I admire their 25+ years of loving and faithful marriage, and think they are absolutely amazing.
If you could change one thing about your life, what would it be? I'd have an eternally clean, slightly larger house. hahaha I'm so grateful for my life.
What is the best compliment you've ever received? I was flattered to tears when I received this facebook message from my friend, Allison in Summer 2007:
Just wanted to tell you the story behind our daughters name.
About a year into our relationship we were talking about names for a girl...we both wrote down our favorite girl name and showed it to each other....we both wrote down Taylor. I asked him why he chose that name and he said he has just always liked it. He asked why I chose that name....and I told him about a girl I met in high school who graduated before me, who had a positive impact on my life and for some reason she just stuck with me. Her name was Taylor Brannon.
I just thought you would like to know that you have touched many lives (even if it was just a short time) and that I am sure every day you touch many more!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Other randomness... Josh and I were honored to attend two incredible weddings this January: Adrienne C. and Caleb E.; and Carrie C. and Matt A. I was so disappointed that I forgot my camera for Carrie and Matt's wedding! Here are a few from Adrienne's wedding. She had one of the most beautiful cakes that I've ever seen. To add to it's wonderfulness--- Usually, you have to use fondant icing to do the ornate, beautiful cake decorations, but this one was done with buttercream!!! YAY! (Josh and I cannot stand fondant). Here is a pic! It resembled the ceiling in the church where they got married!
Eden and I are throwing a (post baby) baby shower for our friend, Beth, in a few weeks. I ADORE how the invitations turned out! Here's a pic! They are a lot cuter w/o the address and .number blocked out lol... but ya can't be too careful about putting your personal info out there.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
1. Where did you meet?
At Samford University on Cinco de Mayo 2004, 9 days before I graduated from Vanderbilt. I was in town with 3 of my sorority sisters on the way to "Senior Week" in Destin, FL. A high school friend called me, and since we were in town, we went over to hang out with him and his roomies...one of which turned out to be Josh! I went out of the country for a month after graduation, so our first official "date" was July 31st, 2004.
2. How long did you date before you got married?
About 3 years
3. How long have you been married?
1 year and 8.5 months
4. What does he do that surprises you?
He's really good at cooking "creatively".... meaning-he can think about something that would be good together and just cook it.... I, on the otherhand, like to follow recipes. He's also surprisingly good at making/decorating cakes. Here's a pic of his latest masterpiece, "SUPER BALLIN'" that he made for a Super Bowl party. (We name our cakes.)5. What is your favorite feature of his?
I like his dimples and his biceps.
6. What is your favorite quality of his?
He loves me unconditionally and is very patient with me.
7. Does he have a nickname for you?
Darlin', Tay, Babe, Taybug, Sweetheart, etc.
8. What is his favorite color?
9. What is his favorite food?
He loves pasta and cake.
10. What is his favorite sport?
11. When and where was your first kiss?
August 1st, 2004 on my doorstep.
12. What is your favorite thing to do as a couple?
We really like to sit at Barnes and Noble/Joe Muggs/Books-A-Million and read magazines while drinking coffee together. Josh and I made an agreement when we got married that we wouldn't buy magazines, so that's a nice way to get our fix while spending some time together. We also love to laugh together until we can't breathe . :o)
13. Do you have any children?
We have a "pup-child" Miley... but no babies yet.
14. Does he have a hidden talent?
He plays a mean air guitar.
15. How old is he?
27 on March 11th.
16. Who said I love you first?
He did while we were play-wrestling at my house before going to a Samford football game in Fall 2004.
17. What’s his favorite type of music?
He likes a little bit of everything.
18. What do you admire most about him?
His love for the Lord, knowledge of the Bible, and how much he loves/embraces my family. He is a very loving, loyal, and respectful husband!
19. Do you think he will read this?
I think so!
God knew EXACTLY what He was doing when He chose Joshua Brent Gamble to be my husband!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
I thought I'd appeal to the masses for suggestions of great places or other options. Help? Please?